Wondering how to best cook your Thanksgiving turkey this year? You can find the answer your “how to cook a turkey ?” question in our article. Defrost completely before proceeding to prepare your cleaned and frozen turkey. Smoke it well to remove the little hairs on it. Wash the inside and outside of the turkey several times with plenty of water until the blood runs out. Then dry thoroughly with a paper towel.
You must marinate the cleaned turkey to cook in a shorter time; so that it is softer and its skin turns red. You can marinate your turkey by soaking it in salt water so that it is completely submerged, or you can prepare a sauce from spices. For this, add olive oil and an acidic material such as lemon juice or vinegar to aromatic herbs such as bay leaf and spices such as black pepper and top with plenty of water. Soak your turkey in this oily and spicy water for a day.
While cooking the turkey, apply the sauce that you will make from ingredients such as honey, mustard, lemon juice, tomato paste, olive oil, and butter on the meat. This is an important step in terms of both taste and appearance. If this is okay, you can proceed to cooking.
While cooking, make sure that your oven and tray are of appropriate size and depth. There should be at least 10 centimeters of space above the turkey in the oven. Tie the legs of the turkey you placed in the tray, using kitchen rope. Make sure that skewers stick to the wings and stick to the body and do not rise up while cooking. To prevent drying while cooking, cover the tray well with aluminum foil so that it does not touch the turkey before placing it in the oven. However, remove the aluminum foil from the tray in the last 30 minutes so that the turkey’s skin is browned and crispy.
How to cook a turkey? It would be appropriate to cook your turkey at 325 °, depending on the power of your oven. A whole turkey will be cooked at this temperature in 3-3.5 hours. The kitchen thermometer will make your job very easy while cooking turkey. When you measure the inside temperature of the turkey, when the thermometer shows 75 degrees, your turkey is cooked.
After taking the turkey out of the oven, don’t forget to let it rest for 10-15 minutes before serving. Otherwise, when you start slicing immediately, the meat will run out of juice and there may be loss of flavor. You can first boil your turkey in a deep pot before putting it in the oven. Boiled turkey will be cooked in the oven in less time.
You can place vegetables such as carrots and potatoes that you chop in large amounts on the base of the tray where you cook the turkey.